Where is best in the UK to install solar panels?

Article posted

11th Apr 2024

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2-3 min read


Mollie Pinnington

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New recent research has shown that rural communities in the countryside are using the most solar power out of all the other areas in the UK. Reports show that on average rural constituencies have a generation of 12.5MW whereas in urban areas this is around 4.5MW.

How can urban areas follow?

While the UK countryside has a lot of space for large solar farms, there's potential for urban areas to utilize solar energy as well. Here are some ways cities can follow suit:

  • Rooftop solar panels: This is a popular option for homes, businesses, and even public buildings. Installing solar panels on rooftops can generate a significant amount of clean energy.
  • Solar farms on underutilized land: Cities often have brownfields (abandoned industrial sites) or landfills that can be repurposed for solar farms.
  • Solar carports: Parking lots can be covered with solar panels that provide shade for vehicles while generating electricity.
  • Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV): These are solar panels that are integrated directly into the building envelope, such as on facades or windows.

In addition to these specific solutions, there are also broader urban planning initiatives that can encourage solar energy use:

  • Government incentives: Financial rebates, tax credits, or feed-in tariffs can make solar power more affordable for residents and businesses.
  • Streamlined permitting process: Simplifying the process for obtaining permits to install solar panels can encourage wider adoption.
  • Public education and outreach programs: Educating citizens about the benefits of solar energy can create a more supportive environment for its use.

By implementing a combination of these approaches, urban areas can significantly increase their use of solar energy and contribute to a more sustainable future.

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